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This template is used to indicate to readers that an external link is in a foreign language.

It should generally be placed after the external link, although this is not set in stone; for more information, see the Manual of Style. English is the default language, and does not need to be noted using this template, unless there is a reason the reader would assume the link to be in a foreign language (e.g. a foreign title).

For citations, the |language= parameter of the various citation templates ({{cite web}}, {{cite news}}, {{cite journal}}, etc.) should be used instead.


{{link language|<language code>}}

The language code is usually an ISO 639 code but it may be any valid IETF language tag.

Note that language codes do not always coincide with country codes; see the list of ISO 3166-1 codes.


ISO 639-1 code for French:

  • Usage: {{link language|fr}}
  • Output: (in French)

ISO 639-2 and ISO 639-3 code for Asturian:

  • Usage: {{link language|ast}}
  • Output: (in Asturian)

IETF language tag code for Brazilian Portuguese:

  • Usage: {{link language|pt-BR}}
  • Output: (in Portuguese)

User-defined CSS

Logged in users can change the appearance of the template's output using CSS with the languageicon class. For example, edit Special:MyPage/common.css and add span.languageicon { font-weight: bold; }. That would result in {{link language|fr}} being displayed as (in French) instead of (in French).


This is the TemplateData documentation for this template used by VisualEditor and other tools; see the monthly error report for this template.

TemplateData for Link language

Displays a language name based on an ISO 639 code, often used after a foreign language reference following the manual of style.

Template parameters

Parameter Description Type Status
language code 1

The ISO 639 language code or IETF language tag, e.g. 'fr' for French, 'pt-BR' for Brazilian Portuguese

String required

See also

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